|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
twenty times richer than he had been before, and he spent his
money twenty times as fast. Every day there was feasting and
drinking going on in his house, and roaring and rioting and
dancing and singing. The wealth of a king could not keep up such
a life forever, so by the end of a year and a half the last of
the treasure was gone, and the young spendthrift was just as poor
as ever. Then once again his friends left him as they had done
before, and all that he could do was to rap his head and curse
At last, one morning, he plucked up courage to go to the old man
who had helped him once before, to see whether he would not help
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from The Gentle Grafter by O. Henry:
Arctic exploration from Sir John Franklin down. It was the union of
corn whiskey and the conscientious fictional form that Mr. W. D.
Howletts admires so much.
"'Ladies,' says Andy, smiling semicircularly, 'I am truly glad to
visit America. I do not consider the magna charta,' says he, 'or gas
balloons or snow-shoes in any way a detriment to the beauty and charm
of your American women, skyscrapers or the architecture of your
icebergs. The next time,' says Andy, 'that I go after the North Pole
all the Vanderbilts in Greenland won't be able to turn me out in the
cold--I mean make it hot for me.'
"'Tell us about one of your trips, Lieutenant,' says one of the